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    Why we're asking for feedback on our three-year strategic plan

    Today we launch our consultation on our three-year strategic plan. We want to hear what our stakeholders think about our proposed plan and to get their views. This is a new approach for us, and in this blog, we look at some of the external factors which have prompted us to change the way we develop a strategy for our organisation.

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    Benefits vs risks: how the Accredited Registers programme helps to protect the public

    In this joint blog with BASRaT - we reflect on how we have now started to make accreditation decisions using our new 'public interest' test. This allows us to look at the benefits of therapies offered by registrants and decide if they outweigh the risks. It also contributes to our decision about whether to award or renew accreditation.

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    Antony Townsend bids a fond farewell to the Professional Standards Authority

    In this blog, our board member, Antony Townsend, summarises his time and contribution as a member of the Authority's Board and how the Authority has played its role within regulation in the Health and Care sector over the years.

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    What we’re doing to tackle inequality

    In this blog, we look at how important it is to understand inequalities in health and social care - without understanding the why, when and how, it will be harder to tackle inequalities and address discrimination effectively.

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    Section 29: how we protect the public - Part 2

    In Part 2 of our blog about the Authority's power to appeal (section 29) regulators' fitness to practise decisions - we look at its limits but also its wider impact

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    World Suicide Prevention Day - 10 September 2022

    To mark World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, Faye Blackwell from the NCS shares her thoughts on suicide prevention and what can be done to improve outcomes

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    Section 29: how we protect the public - Part 1

    In the past 20 years the Authority has acted as a vital safety net in scrutinising and, appealing fitness to practise decisions which do not protect the public. We look at almost every final decision made by the 10 health and social care regulators and ask ourselves one central question – is the outcome sufficient to protect the public?

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    Sexual harassment and assault in health and care: getting the regulatory response right

    How should regulators respond to sexual assault and harassment in health and care? In this blog we explore how widespread the problem is, look at past and current research as well as discussing what we can do as a sector to tackle it

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    What is Fitness to Practise?

    We're often asked the question: What is fitness to practise? Mark Stobbs, our Director of Scrutiny & Quality, gives us a breakdown of what it means and explains how crucial it is to public protection

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    A 'new look' for our regulator reviews - we publish our first reports

    Over the past two years we have been working on improving our performance reviews, using the feedback we received to shape our new process and improve our reports. We've just published the first two reports.